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Chasechik
04 June 2012 @ 09:30 pm
I just finished my second cycle using a medium MeLuna as secondary cup to my much beloved small Lunette.

I love that it's blue (my Lunette is quite discolored now). I actually like that it's so squishy - more comfy at the end of my cycle. I like it.

However, it seems to pick up smells much faster (and much worse) than my Lunette. With my Lunette, a quick boil or afternoon in the sun and the scent is gone - and I only have to do that about twice a year. Nothing seems to be kicking it on my MeLuna. Is it that it's a thermoplastic elastomer? Is there a better way to handle it for a MeLuna? I am this close to soaking it in my lavender Doc Bronner's because it just smells so bad. (Seriously, my vagina doesn't smell this bad. If it did, I would be at the doctor.)
 
 
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Baby Bloodheartbabybloodheart on June 5th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
I had the exact same problem - thus main reason why I no longer use a MeLuna - no matter what I did the smell just wouldn't go, in fact after using sterilising fluid the smell was far worse and so I ended-up throwing it out. When I experienced this problem others assumed it was how I was washing it - as a long-term cup user with various brands I knew that wasn't the problem - nice to see I'm not the only one!
moonhoney925 on June 5th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I don't use a Meluna but you could try using baking soda to absorb the smell. Baking soda works with lots of things.

Long term I have no idea what to do- maybe purchase a Lunette Selene?;)

Also you could try soaking your Lunette in some hydrogen peroxide to get rid of the discolouration.

Edited at 2012-06-05 04:39 am (UTC)
nocebo_domingonocebo_domingo on June 5th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
MeLuna doesn't recommend sunning because it can make the material brittle. But if you are about to give up and throw the cup away anyway...sunning was the one method that truly destank my Diva. Two days good, three days better.</p>

I also recall someone in the community propping their MeLuna carefully over a cotton ball soaked in tea tree oil. But NOT touching it, because tea tree oil will kill a MeLuna dead.

anh06005anh06005 on June 6th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
As someone else suggested soak your lunette in peroxide. It makes mine look brand new! If its ok to do that with melunas it helps with the smell also (i think there was a semi recent post about soaking different cups in peroxide...i think it was ok with meluna). </p>

Thats why i initially soaked my lunette. I left it in too long and it smelled like a zombie (at least how i imagine they would smell).

chamekkechamekke on June 6th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
I remember at least one other person mentioning this before. It's rare, but it happens. (I wonder if some people's body chemistry reacts with the TPE or something?)

It might be worth firing off an e-mail to Meluna, describing the problem (and your attempted solutions), and asking what they recommend. If I were the manufacturer I'd definitely want to know about this sort of problem! Plus, who knows, perhaps they'll send you another cup in the event it might be a flaw in the one you've got.

Incidentally, the Meluna FAQ seems to give the thumbs-up to every cleaning method except putting the cup in the sunlight, which "embrittles" the cup and shortens its lifespan. So I would try that only as a very last resort.
mrg2004 on June 6th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
Suggestions:
-Wrap it in a newspaper and leave it like this for a couple of days. The newspaper kinda absorbs the smell.
Soak it in:
-peroxide
-dental cleaning tablets (used for braces)
-mouthwash (preferably one which contains alcohol)
-Put it in use vagina when not on your period - the vagina is self cleaning.
-Take an old toothbrush and scrub your cup with baking soda mixed with some water.
Let us know which one works for you (:
Miaankhst on June 6th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Have you tried wearing it for a few hours after your period has finished? Apparently that can help.
Chasechikchasingtides on June 8th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Yep. And that seems to make it even worse. Unbearably worse.